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European Optimised Pantograph Catenary interface

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 12440

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    31 December 2007

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 922 244

  • EU contribution

    € 2 599 997

Coordinated by:

SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER FRANÇAIS

France

Objective

Europac will gather major European railway stakeholders around a research project on vehicle-infrastructure interaction through the pantograph-catenary contact. The project aims at enhancing interoperability between pantographs and catenaries all over Europe, decreasing the number of incidents related to this system, and reducing maintenance costs by improving preventive maintenance and diminishing corrective maintenance.

On that purpose, Europac will develop a comprehensive system composed of a joint interoperable software, an on-board monitoring system and a track-side monitoring station. The Europac software is designed to predict the interoperability between any present and future pantograph and catenary. Moreover, it is intended to take into account up to now unaddressed effects of deteriorated conditions such as extreme temperatures, cross-winds, wear or defects in devices.

The on-board monitoring system aims at detecting defects in a catenary, identifying their origins and evaluating their seriousness. The goal of the track-side monitoring station is to evaluate both compatibility and quality of a pantograph coming into a network. The two systems will combine human-like expert-systems with real-time analyses.

Europac's contribution to integration of European railways is manifold:
- At the regulation level, it will help refining interoperability specifications and standards and defining new ones.
- At the industrial level, it will help manufacturers to comply with interoperability requirements while reducing their development costs.
- At the operational level, it will allow railway operators and infrastructure managers to both increase interoperability and reinforce reliability of their rolling stocks and infrastructures.

Increased productivity along with economies of scale allowed by interoperability will radically improve competitiveness of the railway transport, thus reversing the trend in favour to this environmentally-friendly mode of transport.

Coordinator

SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER FRANÇAIS

Address

34, Rue Du Commandant RenÉ Mouchotte
Paris

France

Participants (14)

ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

France

ARTTIC

France

BANVERKET

Sweden

CESKE DRAHY, A.S.

Czechia

DEUTSCHE BAHN AG

Germany

FAIVELEY TRANSPORT SA

France

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

MER MEC S.P.A.

Italy

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

RETE FERROVIARIA ITALIANA

Italy

TRENITALIA SPA

Italy

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER

France

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN

Sweden

RÉSEAU FERRÉ DE FRANCE

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 12440

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    31 December 2007

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 922 244

  • EU contribution

    € 2 599 997

Coordinated by:

SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER FRANÇAIS

France